“Don’t buy any muslin wraps. You will get about 20 at your baby shower. And clothes, you get so many newborn clothes. Wait until after the baby shower to fill in any clothing gaps.”
This was a recent conversation I had with some friends who are pregnant for the first time. As a mum to a two year old, and pregnant with my second, I’ve officially received the “mum guru” stamp (although I don’t think I qualify for that title). One of the biggest things new mums (and mums who are doing it again) worry about, is buying things that we won’t need/use/know what to do with.
It is extremely easy to max out three credit cards when getting ready for a baby, which is why baby showers are so lovely. The presents. I know it is supposed to be about celebrating mum and the upcoming birth, but for all the mums who have been there, we know the truth. We would much rather be lying on the couch finishing a pack of chocolate-covered digestive biscuits than getting all dressed up, being social and celebrating the birth (which we don’t really want to spend too much time thinking about).
But…the presents. Hallelujah, people will buy things that the baby ACTUALLY needs… right? Sometimes.
If you want to be one of those lovely people who buy something for the parents that they will wonder how previous generations lived without, here’s your go-to list.
1. A nappy bin.
Not glamorous, I know. My husband’s best friend got us this at our baby shower two years ago (he texted, asked what I had left on my list to buy). On our first day at home with our daughter, we used this little lifesaver 12 times. We have continued to use it every single day. Sure, we could just use a regular bin, but these little gems lock the stench from poonamis when you just can’t be bothered taking the dirtiest nappy you’ve ever seen to the outside bin at 2am.